I’m a Forever fan and star, Ioan Gruffudd, hit home on Instagram after I was already so depressed over news of the cancellation.
The Forever star penned a really sweet note to fans about all the support he’s received over the first season and it has me even more upset we won’t see a Season 2 of the show. (I’m talking to you, ABC! It isn’t too late!)
“My dead friends, fans, supporters. Tonight, as you all now know, I received a phone call that I was hoping not to receive, and to be honest I really wasn’t expecting it. I knew the numbers hadn’t been great, but I also knew the studio and the network both loved the show, and of course that it had an incredible fan base… so I thought we were in with a pretty good chance.”
So did I. Forever was a show that had the chance to be cliché but brought such amazing and smart characters throughout the season that it was impossible not to fall in love.
I spoke with another Forever actor, Lorraine Toussaint, just this week before news broke and she was also in high spirits about the chance of the show being renewed, saying she thought Season 2 would bring more backstory for her character, Joanne.
But, as Gruffudd said, “Sadly, no, this time time the cards weren’t dealt in our favor. Show business is like that. Hell, life is like that. You ride to the top of the wave and then you come crashing down again. I asked Alice [his wife] to send out the sad news because I was a little bit shaken up and needed time to gather my thoughts.
“So I sat down and started reading the thousands of Tweets in response to the announcement. And the more I read, the more I couldn’t believe it. The love, the sense of solidarity, the hope, the kindness, the support. Not just for the show, but for each other. And slowly I began to focus on what we had gained in the past year, rather than what we had lost in the last five minutes. I was overcome by a sense of gratitude. To have met you all and to have you all rooting for me and the show. At having a chance to play the role of my dreams, even if it was only for a year. To have been given the chance to bring Henry to life. Watching the interaction of the Forever fans come together and share their love for the show has been breath-taking. It was you guys who held me up when I thought I could no longer go on. (Those days were LONG!) You made me smile when you pointed out the little things I did on screen that I thought had gone unnoticed. You gave me confidence when I accidentally found myself reading less than shining reviews. You were always with me, every step of the way, waving your flags, shouting your support for the show. It’s been an incredible, wonderful year, one that I will never, ever forget.
“And guess what? The memories belong to us. We get to keep them ‘forever!’ Thanks again a million times for your unwavering support. Stay strong, be brave, and show kindness as often as you can! Ioan xxx.”